The Theros block consists of the large expansion Theros (), and the two small expansions Born of the Gods (), and Journey into Nyx (). It is the 20th block in Magic: The Gathering history. The block was released over 2013–2014.
The development codenames for the Theros block expansions were "Friends", "Romans", and "Countrymen".
Themes and mechanics
The Theros block had an "enchantments matter" theme and introduced enchantment creatures and enchantment artifacts. Each set featured a part of the pantheon of Gods. The keywords bestow, heroic, scry, monstrosity, inspired, and devotion were featured in two or three of the sets.
The Theros block has two mega cycles: the Temples and the Pantheon of Gods.
|Pantheon of Gods||Heliod, God of the Sun (Theros)||Thassa, God of the Sea (Theros)||Erebos, God of the Dead (Theros)||Purphoros, God of the Forge (Theros)||Nylea, God of the Hunt (Theros)|
|Each color received a Legendary Enchantment Creature with the type God in Theros. All of these cards are indestructible, have a triggered or static ability, and cease to be creatures unless your devotion to the appropriate colors is high enough. Also each have an activated ability designating them as major gods.|
There is a mirrored pair spanning two sets in Returned Centaur and Forsaken Drifters. Both are Zombie cards for that mill for four cards. However, Returned Centaur does this when he enters the battlefield and can force an opponent to do so, while Forsaken Drifters do it when they die and it will always be its controller who mills. Also, Forsaken Drifters is 4/2 while the Returned Centaur is 2/4.
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- Mike McArtor (February 17, 2014). "Heading to the Temple". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.